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Charming Family House In Traditional Village With Mountain Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

Barn, Nr. Annecy, Lake Annecy, Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes, France - Peaceful, Near Golf Course, Easy Access To All Local Activities

Perfect for a relaxing holiday, whether you are a family, couple or friends, the house and area has something to offer everyone. Golf, walking, hiking, paragliding, cycling, swimming, sailing, water sports, skiing and snow shoeing in the winter, shops, cafes & restaurants are all within 5 kms. The garden and patio are ideal for summer al fresco dinning and a perfect spot to relax and watch your children playing in the safety of the enclosed garden. The house is fully equipped to make your stay as stress free as possible, a home from home. 50 mins from Geneva, 15km from Annecy centre, this is a perfect place to come and unwind.

Natalie Shepherd
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
February 4, 2017

About Natalie Shepherd

We are an Franco-anglo couple, my husband is French and I am British, we have 2 young boys 4 & 6 years. We have travelled extensively over the year but decided to make our home in Annecy, its my husbands home town and I fell in love with the area before we had even met.

Natalie Shepherd purchased this house in 2012

Why Natalie Shepherd chose Annecy - Lake Annecy area

We fell in love with the property even before it went up for sale, its has so much character and charm and the garden is perfect for our 2 young boys. Its close to all local amenities, lake, ski fields and the golf course!

Giez is such a pretty village, traditional giving a true feeling of being in the mountains, close to the lake and to nature. Its a great location with small children, safe and quiet with lots of things to do on the doorstep.

What makes this house unique

We like to think our home will give you all the comforts of home whilst being spoilt by the beautiful countryside and town of Annecy. We hope to make your stay as stress free as possible.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We rented this property as we are a young family, one of our main criteria is to have safe place inside and out for our children to play, the garden is enclosed and the area is quiet. The house is well presented and comfortable with everything you could ever need. The owners were very helpful (English speaking), and very kindly offered extra toys for our children to play with. Giez is a beautiful traditional village, ideally located, many activities to choose from, we took advantage of the cycle routes and easy hikes near to the house, the kids loved going and visiting the local cows! We spent a day exploring Annecy which is a short drive away and visiting the lake for some stone throwing as it was a bit cold to swim. We would come again.

My husband and I are keen golfers and were blown away by the 2 local golf courses and what a treat it was just to be able to head straight out on to the Giez Golf Course. The house is just adorable and very comfortable, thank you.
May 2013
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(12 traveler reviews)

Charming Family House In Traditional Village With Mountain Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

A relaxing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay in this nicely converted barn. We had all the amenities we required and the owners are very friendly and welcoming. The village is quiet and picturesque.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spontaner Trip in die Berge

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben kurzfristig am Freitagabend beschlossen wegzufahren, da das Wetter zu Hause schlecht war. Ein Anruf und das Haus war gebucht. Nathalie ist sehr nett und unkompliziert und hat ein wirklich tolles Ferienhaus.

Alles ist sehr ordentlich und sauber und die Lage einfach top. Wir werden auf jeden Fall wieder nach Giez fahren. :-)

  • Submitted: May 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great property, great location, and great price

  • 5 of 5

We stayed as a family of 4 (two young children) in early spring, and were really pleased with our choice when we arrived. The view over the mountains was great and the property was even better than in the photos. We met both Francoise and Natalie on arrival/exit and they were extremely friendly and helpful. We had car with us and found there was plenty to do in the surrounding area. Annecy and the Lake were stunning (able to compete with the best Italian and Swiss lakes!), the Bauges Regional Park is on the doorstep and has some great walking/driving/cheese tasting. There are woodland walks straight from the doorstep of the house and a number of castles to explore in the surrounding area. If you want to travel further then some of the best Ski resorts in the country are within 1-2 hours drive (Chamonix, Val D'Isere, Val Thorens) though there are also some more local ski stations.

The only things to be aware of is that the internet was very slow while we were there - which I suspect is typical of local internet speeds rather than the connection in the house - and the bath is half-sized so only big enough to sit up in (we prefer showers anyway). Neither of these caused us any issues.

Though we were a family of 4 I felt that 2 more adults would easily have been accommodated in the property and we really liked the house layout, with the lounge area being at the top of the stairs and the 2 en-suite bathrooms. There were a number of toys, games, books, DVD's (for children and adults alike) and even a Nintendo Wii provided.

Easy recommendation from us and a well-deserved 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great family house

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay. This was our second holiday in Giez - we never go back to the same place twice so this shows how impressed we were with Natalie and Francois' lovely little barn conversion.

The Barn is perfect , very comfortable and a home from home. The area is so varied with markets to visit and mountains to climb.

A great place for families or couples.

Thanks for a great two week distress.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Total relaxation in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the property - the photos don't do it the justice it deserves! Such character and loads of space. Natalie was very attentive giving us all the property info we needed and loads of local information which proved very useful - we enjoyed all the recommended activities and restaurants. Our daughter is 15 so it wasn't an issue, but this property would be ideal for families with younger children - very safe and well equipped. We would definitely recommend this property and hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments, the house is set up for all groups in mind and we hope whoever stays here enjoys the house as much as your family.
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  • 5 of 5

This was a great house to stay in and explore the Annecy area. Natalie was there when we arrived and gave us a warm welcome which was much appreciated. We had our 10 month old granddaughter with us and the house was equipped with everything we could possibly need - the range of toys was impressive. It was very hot the week we were there so a trip up the Col de la Forclaz made for a cooler air and had stunning views over Lake Annecy. It was lovely sitting out in the garden which has lots of shade and the house itself was very clean and comfortable. Nothing is too much trouble for Natalie and Francois and I would certainly recommend this house to others with or without children.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We aim to please all groups that come and stay at our house; we have 2 young children and understand how a family holiday can end up with a car or suitcase filled with kid’s stuff, which is why we decided to provide a comprehensive baby and kid’s kit to make holidays as stress free as possible.
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Nearest Airport
65 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
50 Metres
Giez Golf Club
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Giez Golf Club
Nearest Ski
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Car: recommended


Lake Annecy is 5 mins drive or a short bike ride from the house. The lake is a great place to swim during the summer, there are many beach locations situated around the lake offering snack bars, water sport rental and life guarded swimming areas.


Geneva Airport approx 50 mins by car

Chambery Airport approx 1hrs by car

Lyon and Grenoble Airports approx 1.30hrs by car

Annecy train station approx 25mins by car


Giez village 150m

Favereges 2km

Doussard 4km - paragliding landing point

Annecy Lake Beaches 4km

Annecy 20 kms

Col de la Forclaz 10km

Further Details:

Faverges with selection of supermarkets, shops, restaurants, banks/ATMs, doctors 1 - 2 kms

Lake side restaurants and bars 1 - 5kms

Goat Farm producing local cheese 1km

Boat and water sports hire 4km


Rates & Availability

Giez House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Rate 1
Jan 7 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Rate 2
May 27 2017 - Jul 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
Rate 3
Jul 15 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 6
Sep 2 2017 - Dec 22 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $370

Booking Notes:
25% deposit, full payment 8 weeks prior to arrival, 500 Euro security deposit. End of stay clean included. For full details please contact owner direct.

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Giez House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Ensuite bathroom to bedroom 1, Ensuite WC bathroom and shower to bedroom 2 and 3.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with Double bed, Bedroom 2 with Double bed, Bedroom 3 with single bed and roll out bed (interconnects with room 2)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • skiing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The house is suitable for families with young children we can provide a selection of baby equipment, children's toys, games and books. The garden is enclosed. The house has central heating through out and under floor heating in the kitchen. Outside: Enclosed garden with large patio area, garden furniture with parasol, 2 sun beds and BBQ. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron, ironing board, clothes horse, vacuum cleaner, hair-dryer, hoover, mop and bucket. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linens and bath towels provided, please bring your own beach towels. End of stay clean is included. Other: WI Fi through out the house, also a small garage where you can store bikes, golf clubs, skis etc. Set of golf clubs and 1 adult bike can be used, Kids kit available, ie high chair, cot, toys etc.

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